Flight Engineer Kononenko photographs commander Volkov operating the manual Strela crane holding him. The commander stands on Pirs and has his back to the Soyuz spacecraft. Zarya is seen to the left and Zvezda across the bottom of the image.
The largest robotic arm on the ISS, Canadarm2 weighs 1,800 kilograms and is used to hold crew members during EVA's, move station modules, spacecraft, orbital replacement units and Dextre on the US Orbital Segment. The ROS does not require spacecraft or modules to be manipulated, as all spacecraft and modules dock automatically, and may be repositioned or discarded the same way. Each strela crane weighs 45kg and can perform all necessary tasks, with substantial weight savings, less complexity and less maintenance than the Canadarm2 and the European Robotic Arm.
An EVA planned for February, 2012 will see one Strela crane relocated to the docking compartment Poisk. Shortly afterwards another Strela crane will be relocated to Zarya. These moves are required because Pirs will be detached soon after and deorbited to allow the MLM Nauka to dock to the Pirs current location in mid-2012.
Strela cranes mount on opposite sides of the Pirs module.